2021 Idaho Legislature
Legislative roundup, 4.29.21: Little signs nondiscrimination bill, but questions ‘anecdotes and innuendo’ that birthed it
In signing, Little questioned the Legislature’s interrogation of “widespread, systemic indoctrination in Idaho classrooms” that fueled the bill.
Idaho didn’t move much this year in terms of per-pupil spending, and average teacher pay dropped slightly due to veteran turnover and a temporary salary freeze.
The House Tuesday struck down a bill to free up $40.3 million to help schools pay for staff and student COVID-19 tests. School districts, along with private and charter schools, could have opted into receiving the state-held federal money to pay for voluntary tests. But some House members said they didn’t want more coronavirus testing…
Budget-writers voted to put another $1 million into the K-12 salaries bill. Then, on a divided vote, they sliced $2.5 million from higher education.
It took the Senate three hours to push through the bill targeting concepts such as critical race theory. In other Statehouse news, a bill prohibiting mask mandates appears dead for the session.
Legislative roundup, 4.22.21: House passes new “nondiscrimination” bill after marathon day of debates
This bill could break the legislative logjam budget debates have created. And that could bring an end to a historically long session that costs taxpayers more each day.
On Thursday, new State Board President Kurt Liebich called the 2021 session a missed opportunity — with little attention paid to learning loss in the wake of the pandemic.
The debate over social justice and critical race theory has all but brought education budgeting to a dead stop, as the legislative session enters its 100th day.